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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Homemade Houmous

Homemade houmous

This is the first time I have ever made houmous and it was so easy I will definately be making it again.


houmous ingredients

1 can of chickpeas
1 clove of garlic
3tsps of tahini
1tbsp of oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp of water

All you do is put the above ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.

boss blender

Serve with pitta bread, carrots and cucumber for dipping.

serving houmous

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Giveaway: Safetots Bed Rail

When big man was 2 we decided to move him straight into a single bed. The main reason for this was that we needed the cotbed for his soon to be brother. Going from cot to single bed is a huge jump and we were worried about him falling out of bed. We decided to invest in a bed rail to put our mind at rest and it was a great investment. We used it with all three children and even took it on holiday with us. 

Safetots are a family business who specialise in child safety products. They sell, stair gates, fire guards, plug sockets. Pretty much all you can think you need to toddler proof your home.
Safetots stock a range of bed guards and have kindly offered one of their own bed guards as a prize to giveaway to one of my readers. They come in white, brown or blue and can be folded for easy storage and travel. If you have a little one that is soon to move into a bigger bed then this giveaway is for you. Just complete the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

safetots bed rail in natural

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

T-Rex Terror Review and Giveaway

T rex terror

T-Rex Terror is the new addition to the Parragon Dino Supersaurus range. Big man enjoyed the activity books in the range but I was unsure if he would like this comic strip style book as he is used to books with more text. Of course, I was wrong and he did enjoy it. The illustrations really bring the book to life. It tells the tale of how 4 dinosaurs become superheroes in order to keep their city safe.

t rex terror book

Personally I prefer the activity books in the range, but if you have a fan then I am sure they would like this addition to the collection.

The rrp of the book is £5.99 and it can be purchased from Amazon. Parragon have kindly offered me a copy to give away to one of my readers. Just complete the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway Review

Hot wheels super speed blastaway review

My boys love Hot Wheels. I have to admit that I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Hot Wheels. We have a number of different sets and it tends to be the simplest ones that are enjoyed more by the boys. Generally we find the bigger sets are harder to put together.

When we received the Super Speed Blastway set I was initially excited as the race aspect would certainly interest my boys. I then took it out of the box and my heart sank a little looking at the many pieces.

what is in the super speed blastaway box

It didn't take as long as I feared to build the set. 

Hotwheels super speed Blastaway

It is worth noting that it only comes with one car. We have a lot of Hot Wheels cars but not all types will work. After a quick search around we found one that could be raced with.

The boys loved playing with the set as did Daddy. Actually so did I!

My only concern over the set is the ease of taking it apart. I'm worried that after a few uses by my heavy handed boys it could easily break as dismantling it for storage isn't simple.

Overall, I really like the set as do the boys. It is certainly one of the better larger sets that we have and the boys get excited about the competitive element. 

The RRP for the set is £22.99 and can be purchased from Amazon.

Hot Wheels are currently running a fantastic promotion: buy five Hot Wheels cars to get your hands on a free. limited edition Black Car! For more details visit http://www.hotwheelspromotions.co.uk

Do your children love Hot Wheels? Which sets would you recommend?

Family Fever

Dubai Memories

Daily life is hectic and holidays are so important to take time to relax and enjoy being a family.

We have spent half term sharing new experiences together.

We have been to the highest heights.

Burj Khalifa selfie
Had fun at in the sun.

palm trees at Atlantis the palm
We met a grumpy camel for a ride. I can't blame him for being grumpy with all that getting up and down in the heat.

camel ride in dubai
Little man was adored by everyone he met. He drew hearts in the sand as "I love you a big bit Mummy." Unfortunately his love is not never ending as "I love Daddy a little bit!"

We were impressed by the towel art. Little man took the rose and gave it to me "I got this for you Mummy" I can't help but think that in years to come he will be taking roses out of my vase to give to a girl!

towel dog
Middle Man kept talking about his role as a shepherd when he saw the Arabs headwear.

Daddy got to enjoy not one, or two but three Birthday cakes! (Middle Man couldn't help but tell everyone it was his Daddy's Birthday.)

I stayed off social media most of the time which was pretty good. I need to do this more often.

Big man enjoyed the water park.

We had fun in the sun and enjoyed being together.

Dubai souk chair

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Lushice Sorbet and Lime Shortbread

margarita sorbet

Two of my favourite things are cocktails and sorbet, so when Lushice offered to send me their cocktail sorbets to review I jumped at the chance. I was sent the Pina Colada and Margarita and like their name they were lush! Choosing a favourite is like asking you to chose between your children.

I decided to make some lime shortbread to go with the Margarita sorbet.

I mixed 2oz butter, 1oz caster sugar and 3oz plain flour together.

Next I added the juice of 1 lime and rolled the dough onto a floured board.

I then used one of my icing holly plungers to cut them into shape.

making lime shortbread

Finally I baked them for around 15 mins at 190C.

Lushice are now being stocked in Waitrose at £4.99 a tub. They also have a Strawberry Daiquiri and Mojito flavours in the range which I can't wait to try. They average at around 100 kcal for 100g and contain around 2% alcohol. If you like cocktails and sorbets I would highly recommend you give them a try.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

TMNT Cake Tutorial

TMNT cake tutorial

When middle man decided on a TMNT cake for his Birthday, I quickly Googled foe some simple ideas. This is what I settled on and am quite pleased with the result. The good thing about making icing figures is that you can make them in advance. I started by making 4 green balls and then rolled them into a point. A sausage of colour made the turtles and then I just added eyes.


I made 2 grey discs for the sewer. I added detail to the top of the sewer by cutting out letters freehand and making a pattern using a blunt knife.


I iced the cake in blue and added the turtles.

I then cut out a skyline in black icing.

icing skyline

skyline on cake

I don't have a bead maker so I rolled little balls to cover the edges of the cake.

Finally I added the top of the sewer.

TMNT cake

Middle man was very happy with it and little man is requesting one for his Birthday now!