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Friday, 19 December 2014

Greener Cleaner Review and Giveaway

greener cleaner products


Like it or not, housework has to be done and having 3 boys there is a lot to do. Greener Cleaner recently sent me some of their products to review. I must say that I actually got excited over some cleaning products - who would have thought it!?!

The company state that 

"We are committed to delivering great products with outstanding performance while ensuring a kinder, ecologically sound way to help and protect the world we all live in."

I do need to make more of an effort at being more environmentally friendly and I was really impressed with the products that I received. They look good and come in a range of colours to suit most kitchens. I was also pleasantly surprised by the value. The scrubbing brush has been the most useful thing, and I am not sure how I coped without one! All of the products have been designed well and make cleaning slightly more enjoyable. I like the idea that you can help the environment without it costing you the earth.

Greener Cleaner have kindly offered one of my readers a cleaning bundle of their own. Just complete the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway





Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only Entries will be moderated, so please make sure that you comment if necessary. There is one prize of bundle of cleaning products from Greener cleaner.  No cash alternative. No bulk or automated entries. If you have already won the prize on a separate blog giveaway with the same promoter they reserve the right to redraw a new winner.  The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will be notified by email (make sure you leave your contact details) and will have until 26th Feb to respond with their address. If they fail to respond a new winner will be drawn. No PO Box address Competition closes on 26th Jan at 12.00am . 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Toca Boca #playingwithfood

Middle man has long been a fab of the Toca Boca apps, so when I heard that there was a new Toca Boca Kitchen app I was keen to see what it was like. In essence you get to cook for characters virtually and little man was happy to give the game a go.

playing toca boca kitchen

I have always found that the boys will try much more and eat much more if they have made it themseleves. One of their favourites is pizza and we often make these. Inspired by the app we decided we would have a go at playing with food ourselves. Here is little man's cheese and ham omlette recipe

You will need:

3 eggs
cheese
ham
tomatoes
butter

This will serve one little and one big person for a light lunch.

ingredients omlette

First it is always important to wash your hands.

child washing hands

Carefully grate some cheese, being careful not to grate any of your little fingers.

grating cheese

Using a child safe knife, cut up some ham. Or tear it if you prefer.

cutting ham

It is very important for all cooks to taste their food to check it tastes good so have a little nibble if you like.

tasting

It is always good to have some fruit or vegetables in your meal so carefully chop some tomatoes for your dish.

chopping a tomato

Eggs are great but their shells are not so good. Carefully bash an egg on the side of a bowl.

cracking an egg

Then break the shell in half and throw it in the bin.

child cracking an egg

Whisk the egg with a fork and get your Mummy to melt some butter in a frying pan. get her to add the tomatoes then the egg. Then after a couple of minutes, arrange the cheese and ham as you wish on the omlette.

cooking an omlette

Now comes the best part! Eating the yummy omlette you have made.

eating an omlette


This post is sponsored by Tots100 and Toca Boca Kitchen

Thermos Stainless King Flask Review

Thermos Flask Review


I had never considered how many picnics I would go on when I had children. My boys revolve around eating and on days out we often take picnics. Unfortunately the British weather isn't always kind so having a warm drink is lovely. When Thremos offered me their stainless king flask I happily agreed as I thought of how I could have a nice warm drink on my trips to Legoland next year.

To start with the flask is big, massive infact. It holds a whopping 1.2l when full. Even I can't drink that much coffee. It states on the side that it keeps drinks hot or cold for 24hrs. I had to give it a go. You can watch my little video with how we got on.



I recently used the flask on a day out. I filled it up and left it for about 3 hours. No word of a lie my hot chocolate was too hot to drink as I poured it into the cup. I can see this being really useful on days out with the children and if it keeps drinks cold too then that will be fantastic when the sun does come out. It is really large and therefore really heavy. I am not really convinced about the handle, but I suppose if it was the only thing you were carrying it would be useful. I also think it would make a great present for a fisherman, My Dad often goes off into the cold of the night time to fish so filling the Thermos up before he goes would definately keep him warm. You can purchase a king flask from the Thermos website.



I was given the Thermos flask for the purpose of this review but the opinions contained here are my own.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

WallCreate Review and Giveaway

wallcreate review and giveaway

As you have probably guessed from reading my blog, I take a lot of photos. I also like to display my favourites in our home. With competition in the canvas market it is possible to get some good value canvases meaning that you can regularly update them. Wallcreate recently asked me if I would like to review a canvas from them. I had not heard of them before, but they have been printing on canvas since 2001. I e-mailed them over a photo and shortly received this 40cm by 30cm canvas.

wallcreate canvas


I am really pleased with it and like that it isn't too big. It is currently on offer at 50% off so would only have cost £18.97 with delivery from £4.97. Of course, you can purchase a wide variety of sizes at good value prices.

Wallcreate have kindly offered one of their 40cm by 30cm canvases of their own. Just complete the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only Entries will be moderated, so please make sure that you comment if necessary. There is one prize of a wallcreate canvas sized 40cm x 30cm.  No cash alternative. No bulk or automated entries. If you have already won the prize on a separate blog giveaway with the same promoter they reserve the right to redraw a new winner.  The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will be notified by email (make sure you leave your contact details) and will have until 26th Feb to respond with their address. If they fail to respond a new winner will be drawn. No PO Box address Competition closes on 26th Jan at 12.00am . 


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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Big man gets one over us

Yep you read it right. Big man had an idea and managed to get away with if for a couple of days. Often when I go to give big man a bedtime kiss I am greeted with a scene like this:

big man asleep

He usually wears pants rather than PJ's then puts on his snuggly dressing gown and falls asleep in that. More often than not there is some giant soft toy around and since Rudolph is back from the loft he has been around.

It is probably important to stress here that I am not a morning person. It takes me ages to wake up and the other week big man bounded in for a cuddle. I looked at big man in a confused way. He was dressed with his dressing gown over the top. You are dressed already I exclaimed. Beaming from ear to ear he said yes and came for a cuddle. Yes I know looking back now it was obvious but it was before 7 in the morning and therefore I wasn't thinking straight.

It wasn't until the Thursday evening that the penny dropped. I went in to kiss big man goodnight. his duvet had slipped so I went to cover him up and realised he was fully clothed and in his dressing gown. I had left him after reading his story in his boxers! Yes big man had come up with an ingenious time saving method for getting dressed in the morning.

By doing it at night!

Wot So Funee?

Monday, 15 December 2014

Brewers Faye Festive Menu Review

festive menu

It is always nice to have someone else cook for you so when I was asked to review the Brewers Fayre festive menu I was more than happy. We haven't actually visited Brewers Fayre for a number of years so it was interesting to see what it was like. I tried to book for Saturday evening but with party season upon us they were fully booked. They advised that we could turn up on Saturday and see if there was space but we arrived at pm to be told there wasn't and so we booked for Sunday evening.

On Sunday it was still pretty busy but with less parties. However, there was a reserved table that had been set up.

festive table


We looked at the menu before going to the till to order. The children's festive menu only had a choice of Christmas dinner so that was easy even though I wasn't 100% sure if the boys would eat it. I also opted for the Christmas dinner whilst my husband went for a festive burger. As it was Sunday we had to have the 3 course menu for £13.99. On a weekday you can opt for a cheaper 2 course menu.

festive menu brewers fayre


After ordering the manager came over with crackers, party blowers and colouring books for the children as we had ordered off of the festive menu. This kept them entertained whilst waiting for their food.

pulling a cracker


Our starters came. My husband had prawn cocktail and I had garlic mushrooms. They were both nice, but we would normally have opted for the 2 course purely on the basis that the children's menu didn't have a starter.

starters at brewers fayre

It wasn't long before our main meals were served.

festive mains at Brewers Fayre

I was shocked at how much big man managed to put away. All the meals tasted good, my only comment would be that my roast potatoes weren't the crispiest. Overall though it was nice.

Finally we ended the meal with dessert. The children had ice cream and I enjoyed a chocolate brownie. My husband had the Christmas pudding and commented that it tasted good.

desserts festive menu

The meal came to just over £50 which is reasonable for a family of 5. I would certainly recommend booking, especially at the weekend as it was even busy on a Sunday evening. The staff were good and came over a number of times to check everything was ok. Overall we were happy with our meal and would consider Brewers Fayre for a family meal in the future.


Family Fever






We recieved a £50 voucher in order for us to carry out this review, but the opinions contained here are my own.


The Paddington Trail

On Saturday we took the boys to watch Paddington The Movie. They loved it as did I! Who can't love a bear who eats Marmalade sandwiches? On Sunday we headed into London to meet my sister to do some Paddington spotting. After some advice from my friend we chose to do The Paddington trail which is one of 4 trails. This wouldn't be too busy and less stressful with 3 overactive boys.

We started at Paddington Station.

Paddington Bear at Paddington



paddington Bear statue

The walk takes you along a canal which I never even realised existed before.

the paddington trail


I couldn't help but take a Paddington selfie.

Paddington selfie

I loved this Paddington as it was all velvety.

velvet paddington

silver paddington

Middle Man kept looking for Paddingtons sandwich for emergencies but didn't manage to find one.

text paddington


futuristic paddington

It was a lovely morning, allowing us to see parts of London that I didn't know existed and away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. Oh and incase you are wondering where little man is in some of the photos, it seems he is Paddington height and enjoyed hiding behind him!

love marmalade