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Sunday, 30 June 2013

New Ways To Follow Mummy Of 3 Diaries

New Ways To Follow Mummy Of 3 Diaries



As on July 1st (which is tomorrow) anyone who follows my blog through Google Reader will no longer see my posts as is it shutting down. I would hate to lose you so here's how you can stay in touch. I've added the Blog Lovin badge over on the right hand side of my blog where you can follow me and see all the posts to keep in the know about what's going on. so be sure to show me some Blog Lovin. Go on, you know you really want to.

You can stay in touch over on my Facebook page where I have lots of news, reviews and lovely competitions too. Don't be shy, please come say hi.

If you would prefer to get my latest posts delivered straight to your email then you can sign up over on the right hand side of my blog where it says "Follow by Email"

I really do love seeing you all and sharing my news and giveaways with you. Every reader is important to me and I really would love you to stay. Your comments and views are always more than welcome. So please do stay with me and simply choose a new way to follow. 

Share the Sparkle this Summer with Traditional Flavours of New Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch

Share the Sparkle this Summer with 
Traditional Flavours of New Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch 


The makers of sparkling juice drink, Shloer, have been inspired by traditional ingredients when creating the new sparkling Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch limited edition, perfect to share with family and friends this summer. This distinctive new flavour cleverly blends two classic ingredients to create a delightfully unique and refreshing grape based juice drink with flavours of raspberry and tangy rhubarb. 




It’s all in the serve: Whether you're cooking a meal for friends and family or simply relaxing on a lazy Sunday afternoon, Shloer’s mouth-watering new Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch is the perfect accompaniment.  Shloer is ideal to serve with traditional Sunday roasts, a sparkling addition to your bank holiday BBQ’s and a sophisticated non-alcoholic treat to serve to Mums-to-be at baby showers, weddings and other special occasions.  Shloer Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch is best served in a punch bowl or jug, with lots of ice and a handful of fresh juicy raspberries or other seasonal fruits.

The sparkling alcohol alternative
Shloer uses only the finest ingredients to create a delicious range of non-alcoholic sparkling juice drinks. All varieties make a tasty grape-based alternative to alcohol, suitable for all the family - including those who want to enjoy a celebration without drinking alcohol. Shloer contains no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings and is available from all major supermarkets. 


After trying this for myself this week, I can now happily say that this new Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch is my favourite flavour ever! It's truly delightful, it's full of delicious fruity flavours with a perfect balance for just the right taste. I'm a huge fan of Shloer anyway but even more so now. I will be heading out to the shops tomorrow morning to get myself a few more bottles as you can see this one didn't last a day in my house. It's really nice and very moreish. 

Summer Sunday’s On-pack Competition: Starting May 1st through the summer, Shloer is giving customers a 1 in 10 chance to win one of 200,000 prizes, ranging from BBQs and food hampers to cupcakes and Shloer with their Summer Sunday’s on-pack promotion.  To enter, pick up a promotional Summer Sunday’s bottle of Shloer from your local supermarket and find the unique code under the neck label.  Enter your unique code via www.shloer.com and find out if you could be one of many lucky winners this summer.  ( good luck )

Shloer is available in seven refreshing flavours including White Grape; Red Grape; Rosé; Apple & White Grape; White Grape Raspberry & Cranberry; White Grape & Elderflower; and now NEW Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch limited edition. 

I'd definitely recommend the Raspberry & Rhubarb Punch but please don't drink it all, leave some for me. I might even share the next bottle. if they're really good. 

It's that nice, you won't want to share!

#SilentSunday

Silent Sunday


Saturday, 29 June 2013

Discovery is launching a brand new Instagram page!

Discovery is launching a brand new Instagram page!

  
To celebrate the launch of the brand new Discovery Foods Instagram page at the beginning of July, they're encouraging all you food fanatics out there to get creative in the kitchen. They're looking for the most creative uses of Mexican food with great images to share with all their fans.

To get involved you need to create a delicious and beautifully presented Mexican meal using Discovery Food products and then share your photo with them via the Instagram page using the @Discoveryfoods tag to be in with a chance of winning one of 10 exciting prizes to the value of £25 every single week for 4 weeks!How awesome is that! If you look creative cooking, why not get involved and join in. Who knows, you might even win yourself a nice prize too.


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Hallmark 's New Baby Bellissima Range

Hallmark 's New Baby Bellissima Range


Perfect Gifts Fit for Any Little Prince or Princess - Mark your special arrival this summer with Hallmark’s boutique baby gifts.

As the pitter patter of tiny royal feet grows closer, Britain will no doubt be developing a serious case of baby fever! If you're set to celebrate the arrival of a little prince or princess of your own this summer, why not mark the occasion with a gift from Hallmark’s exquisite boutique collection of baby gifts - perfect for any little prince or princess.  


Hallmark’s new ‘Baby Bellissima’ range contains 19 beautifully designed products to help welcome a new baby in to the world. From the ‘My First Dinner Set’ to the ‘Baby’s Memory Keepsake Frame’, each gift features cute and colourful illustrations and a soft, neutral palette of colours that would sit perfectly within any nursery. Combining fresh and modern designs with charming keepsake ideas, the ‘Baby Bellissima’ range has been carefully designed to help you cherish those special memories for years to come.


Many of the gifts are also available in gender-specific variations or offer space to personalise gifts even further with a special photo or poem. So whether it’s odds on for Elizabeth or George, there’s a gift to suit every little bundle of joy.

Products in the range include: My First Dinner Set; Elephant Money Box; Baby Girl Photo Album; Baby Boy Photo Album; 5 Year Baby Record Book; Baby Girl Memory Keepsake Box; Baby Boy Memory Keepsake Box; Baby Girl Passport Cover and Luggage Tag Set; Baby Boy Passport Cover and Luggage Tag Set; Baby Girl Height Chart; Baby Boy Height Chart; Keepsake Boxes Girl; Keepsake Boxes Boy; Canvas Imprint Kit; Baby Girl Photo Frame; Baby Boy Photo Frame; Baby Girl ‘Born in 2013’ Keepsake Heart; Baby’s Memory Keepsake Frame  and a Baby Boy ‘Born in 2013’ Keepsake Heart.

With co-ordinating cards, gift wrap and bags available to create the perfectly presented package, ‘Baby Bellissima’ really does make the ideal choice for greeting a newborn into the family.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Brand New Cheesy Flavoured Snack - Pom-Bear Zoo.

Brand New Cheesy Flavoured Snack - Pom-Bear Zoo.


Pom-Bear Zoo snacks are set to be a ROARING success. They're playful and fun with a delicious cheesy flavour, Pom-Bear’s new Zoo snacks are super as after school nibbles, perfect for packed lunch treats and fantastic for family days out, leaving no doubt that they are going to be a ROARING success with kids and Mums when they hit supermarket shelves in June.

  With an RRP of £1.59 for a multipack of six, each pack has a selection of animal shapes inside, so not only do they taste great but children can have fun playing with the pieces before eating them, meaning that they last longer than alternatives too. 

With the same light and crunchy texture that Mums have come to expect from Pom-Bear the snacks are less than 100 calories per pack, free from artificial colours and preservatives, suitable for vegetarians and gluten free. They taste delicious, just like the original Pom Bear snacks but with the new Zoo shaped animals there's even more to enjoy.

During the exciting launch of Pom-Bear Zoo, consumers will have the chance to win exciting and fun prizes posted to the Facebook page and twitter feed @PomBear4 . In addition Pom-Bear will be sponsoring some top attractions throughout the UK and will be sampling its new tasty cheesy snacks at a range of family friendly locations and events.

Disclosure: we were sent one multipack to sample for the purpose of this review but that does not affect my opinions, all those are 100% honest and genuinely mine.

Lotte Lulu Doodle Diner Review and #Competition

 Lotte Lulu - Doodle Diner



The Doodle Diner is a unique and practical oilcloth travel mat and entertainment centre all in one; simply unroll and it’s ready for doodling or playing on, wipe down for a clean eating surface. You can take it anywhere and use it time and again. It will keep the kids entertained at the beach, on a picnic or maybe in a restaurant. It has an integral oilcloth pocket for keeping washable pens, cutlery or toys secure and a velcro fastened strap.

Dimensions: open (not including pocket) approx 38cm wide x 17.5cm high; rolled up approx 8cm x 20.5cm.


The outer layer is available in a choice of Retro Flower or Pastel Spot oilcloth. 
The inner layer plain oilcloth is for doodling on which comes with washable felt tip pens, for playing on or eating from. It can even be used as a handy mat for play-doh or plasticine modelling!

Care Instructions: You can wipe it clean with a damp cloth or a baby wipe. Dark colours such as blackcurrant or ketchup should be wiped immediately as they may result in some discolouration. It can be hand washed or machine washed on wool cycle/quick wash with a little detergent at 30ºC 


We were sent one to try out for ourselves, it's a great idea and really easy to use. It's practical for keeping crumps, food and other messy stuff off of your floors or surfaces and it's fun for the kids at the same time. My three love to doodle so the Doodle Dinner was a big hit with all of them, no matter how young or old. My three range from 2 to 10 and all of them enjoyed it. Lotte Lulu have done themselves proud, it's a wonderful little creation, a cute 4/5 from us.

COMPETITION TIME :


Lotte Lulu have kindly given me 5 of their gorgeous Doodle Diner's worth £15 each to give away to you lucky lot. If you would like to win one then simply use the Rafflecopter form below to do so and good luck. This giveaway is open to the UK only and will be drawn on Sunday 14th July. 5 winners will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. Good Luck.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Same Old, Same Old ...

Do you ever have those days?

Do you ever have those days where you wake up feeling numb
You sit there thinking it over before you move your bum.
Swirls of chaos in your mind, dreds of what's ahead
Close to giving up and staying in your bed?

Same old, same old, doing the same few things.
Boring routines, deadlines set. Nothing new to sing.
School runs and morning stresses, rushing down the road
Kisses and hugs, waving goodbye to your load.

Shopping, cleaning, washing up. Tidy, tidy, more
Do you ever wonder, what we do all this for?
Apart from the obvious, we do it without a choice
We do it because it needs doing, we do it without a voice.

Well not any more, I'm standing up and shouting
I will still do my chores but I want to be accounted.
A little bit of thanks, a bit of recognition
Could help rekindle my ambition.

Yes I am a mum but boy do I miss being ME
It doesn't mean I don't love my life, yes I am happy.
I love my kids, they are my world
But sometimes I do miss just being a girl.

So whilst I'm doing my chores, and running round like mad
I'm gonna stop feeling sorry for myself and start feeling glad.
I have a life worth living, although some parts are bland
One day when they grow up, they may offer a helping hand.

Routines are a way of survival, a path from A to B
Something to keep my active, trodding on merrily.
SO that same old, same old stuff, is what keeps me busy
But I'm gonna slow down a little , I'm getting quite dizzy.

written by me, christine taylor x

Sunday, 9 June 2013

#Win a Pair of HRH Booties from My 1st Years

Win a Pair of HRH Booties from My 1st Years


With everyone excited about the arrival of the royal baby this Summer, My 1st Years are giving you the chance to win a cute pair of HRH Sheepskin Booties from their Royal Range for your own little Prince or Princess, worth £40!


These luxurious booties are made from soft tan suede, with a super-soft inner, giving your baby great support, comfort, and security. They are easy to put on and to take off thanks to their simple velcro system. Complete with the limited edition HRH Crown design, these Sheepskin Booties are available in sizes 3-12 months and 12-24 months, and will arrive in a My 1st Years gorgeous gift box. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, or simply a treat for your own little royal baby, enter now to be in with a chance of winning this adorable prize!


Visit www.my1styears.com to discover their full range of personalised baby gifts - fit for a future King (or Queen)!  You can  find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/my1styears and Twitter @my1styears. Enter this giveaway using the RaffleCopter form below. 1 winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries on Sunday 30th June. UK only.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Barry's Back & You Can #Win A #CillitBang Cleaning Kit

Barry's Back
Win A Cillit Bang Cleaning Kit 

Barry Scott was back with a BANG in a fighter jet last year and he’s set to return in a brand new turbo vehicle in the new Cillit Bang TV adverts for 2013. which will go live on your TV screens on Tuesday June 11th. Barry’s turbo powered vehicle of choice is top secret until the advert airs but I want to know what you think it is this year? To make it even more exciting there's a fab Cillit Bang Cleaning Kit up for grabs to someone who guesses it right.

Need A Clue? Here's a sneak peek just for you:



To Enter: Tweet what you think Barry's vehicle will be? You must tweet your guess to me @v82chris and include the hashtag #CillitBang to be entered. You may guess more than once, that's ok. One lucky winner will be drawn at random (it's not 1st to guess) on June 12th after the answer has been revealed and the adverts have been seen by all. Last entries to be accepted will be on Monday June 10th - no entries will be counted after that date. Open to the UK only.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Finding Nemo Aqua Ears #competition

Brand New Finding Nemo Aqua Ears


This summer, Cirrus Healthcare will be launching their new Finding Nemo range of soft silicone earplugs into larger Boots stores across the UK, providing a new and fun way to protect your child’s ears. These specially designed ultra soft ear plugs are ideal for swimming, showering, or bathing. 

Whether you want to protect your child’s ears from infections whilst they swim on holiday, ensure that the loud music at festivals does not damage their ears, or just want a pair yourself because they're cute and ever so cool, these brand new earplugs offer a great solution.

Aqua Ears use the same technology as BioEars, which is one of the best selling products from the world’s leading innovators in ear care, Cirrus Healthcare. BioEars are the only earplugs which use ACTIValoe a powerful anti-microbial agent, which keeps the earplugs free from the bacteria that can lead to degradation in ordinary earplugs, thus ensuring that the ear canal remains fully protected. The earplugs are easily moulded to the shape of your ear providing a comfortable airtight seal, resulting in your ears being protected from water penetration and harsh noise. 

These new character earplugs are safe, comfortable, waterproof and reusable and come in pairs of three in a waterproof carry case.  Suitable for all ages, they are available in larger Boots stores from June onwards. 

Competition Time:

 I have 5 sets of the new Finding Nemo ear plugs up for grabs. To win a set simply enter using the RaffleCopter form below, this giveaway is open to the UK only and will end on  Sunday 30th June where 5 winners will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. Good Luck.

Munchkin Celebrates The New Disney Collection

Munchkin Celebrates The New Disney Collection

Munchkin, Inc., the international baby and toddler brand, have teamed up with Disney to create a fun, clever and exciting new dining range for children. A beautifully designed premium collection of feeding products and Click Lock cups, the Disney Collection for babies integrates the rich Disney heritage with Munchkin’s award-winning and innovative feeding products. The range starts from £4.50 and for more information visit www.munchkin.com


They are available in five different designs and each one costs £4.50. They feature ‘click’ to lock technology which parents can see, hear and feel, providing a 100% leak proof guarantee. So if those little hands drop, throw or tip the cup upside down, absolutely no liquid will come out. 



The £8.99 Toddler Dining Set's plate is divided into three sections to help children develop healthy eating habits and also features a non-slip, grippy base to prevent the plate from slipping during mealtimes. The bowl, which comes as part of the dining set, also features the grippy base as well as being cleverly designed in a square shape to help scoop food. To complete the dining set, a handy matching spoon and fork set to really help toddlers feel comfortable and happy eating on their own.  


My little man Ryan was sent his own Disney Mickey Mouse Dining set and Click Lock Flip Straw Cup to try out last week. He loves the Mickey mouse design and found them all really easy to use. Both the bowl and plate are none slip which made dinner time a whole lot easier. The fork and spoon are very cutely designed and also easy to use, they're a nice size for toddlers like Ryan who are now feeding themselves. They're easy to hold and fit nicely into their little hands. Ryan is enjoying his new plate and bowl, he's having fun with his new "big boy" cup too. I'm really pleased with how he's got on with them, any dinner time products that keep Ryan happy, make me happy too. We gave a the new Munchkin Disney dinner range a very well deserved 5/5, we simply couldn't fault them.

Shoe Zone Mummy Review #1 Girl's floral canvas pumps

Shoe Zone Mummy Review #1 
Girl's floral canvas pumps


Two weeks ago Shoe Zone sent us our very first pair of Shoe Zone shoes to review as we are now very proud to be a part of Shoe Zone's very own Shoe Zone Mummy programme. Our first pair was for my eldest daughter Chloe who's now 10 and very fussy when it comes to fashion. First impressions were good; she liked the look of her new Lilley Girls Floral Canvas Lace Up Pumps and was quite excited to try them out.

They are very cute and girly white pumps with a multi coloured floral pattern. Clean white laces and a pretty Pink Trim. Chloe loves pink but not too much pink so these were just the perfect choice for her, she was really pleased. They have a nice thick white rubber sole which gives them good grip and helps cushion under her feet.


For such a pretty pair of pumps we were amazed at the price, they only cost £4.99. What a bargain! I usually worry about Chloe wearing out her shoes too fast and make her rotate which ones she wears to make them last but not anymore. Chloe hasn't taken these off since they arrived. For this super low price it doesn't matter if she wears them out, which doesn't look like will happen anytime soon as we can always buy another pair.

Both Chloe and I am really pleased with the Lilley Girls Floral Canvas Lace Up Pumps, they're so cute and comfortable without costing a lot of money. 

They get a fab 4/5 from us and big thumbs up.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

#Win A Cadbury Treasure Box

Win A Cadbury Treasure Box

Seeing as last months chocolate giveaway went so well, I've decided to do it all again. This month you can win a yummy Cadbury Treasure Box which includes all of the following: 

1 x Dairy Milk, 1 x Dairy Milk Whole Nut, 1 x Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut, 1 x Dairy Milk Caramel,
1 x Little Dream, 1 x Bournville, 1 x Crunchie, 1 x Time Out, 1 x Flake, 1 x Curly Wurly, 
1 x Buttons, 1 x Wispa, 1 x Double Decker, 1 x Fredo, 1 x Caramel Freddo, 1 x Twirl, 
1 x Fudge and 1 x Chomp. 


If you'd like to win this chocolate treat, simply use the RaffleCopter form below to do so. This giveaway is being paid for my me, it is not sponsored in any way. Open to the UK only and closes on Sunday June 30th where 1 winner will be drawn at random. Good Luck!