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Win a Product of the Year goodie bag worth £180

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For the past 2 years I have been fortunate to be a member of the judging team for Product Of The Year. I love taking part as I get to share with brands what I like and don't like about their products,  not only as a consumer but also as a mother. When I go shopping and see the Product of the Year logo I know I'm picking up a high quality product which has been reviewed by other consumers.



I unfortunately, was unable to attend the Awards ceremony this year which were held at the Sheraton Grand London Park Hotel and was hosted by the fabulous Rory Bremner. Looking at the pictures it looks like everyone had an amazing time.

The Team over at Product of the Year were lovely enough to send me over a wonderful goodie bag. I have to say the bag was absolutely heaving with products!!. I was also extremely happy to see some of the products I voted for had won. You can view all the winners here

Some of my favourite products included;



Nivea 3 in 1 Cleasing Micellar wipes, not only effectively remove makeup but also thoroughly cleanses and leaves your skin moisturised and soft. 

As I suffer with hay fever,  Benadryl naturease nasal spray was always going to be a winner especially as it is 100% natural. 

Boots Soltan Protect & repel suncare lotion is not only good value for money. It is non sticky and smells lovely. 

Oral B 3D White Luxe toothpaste and whitening accelerator have really helped me naturally whiten my teeth without having to pay to see a professional.


As a mum I am always washing clothes.  Ariel 3 in 1 Pods wash the clothes really well and Comfort pure conditoner leaves them lovely and soft.



Cheerios Oat Crisp are loved by all of us in the family, not too sweet, crunchy, healthy and filling,  whats not to like?.

 I'm always making sure that we take multivitamins. Bassetts multivitamins are perfect for children aged 7 - 11.



Once again I have teamed up with Product of the Year to give one of you lucky readers a goodie bag worth £180.

To enter, simply complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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So tell me what  is your favoruite product and why?

Win free tickets to the Grand Designs Live Show with CLC World Resort

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Are you like me and love anything interior design related? or a huge fan of the Channel 4 show Grand Designs, which is hosted by Kevin McCloud.

Well .... Grand Designs Live returns to London’s ExCel from 29th April – 7th May 2017. The event will be home to over 500 exhibitors, across six different sections where you will be inspired by  grand roomsets, be able to watch interactive demonstrations, indulge in a spot of retail therapy and even a cheeky glass of champagne in the champagne bar. I've been before and really enjoyed it, you can read all about what I got up to here.


For your chance to devise your own grand design,I am excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to Grand Designs Live Show thanks to CLC Resorts.

To enter, simply complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!
So tell me, what are you excited to see at Grand Design Live?

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  • Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of CLC World, its printers and agents, the suppliers of the prizes and any other companies associated with the competitions.
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  • The winner will be announced by Rafflecopter on the Sunday 30th April 2017
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Spring Wardrobe Update*


I am loving that the weather is finally starting to get better - I know we have had the odd glitch with sunny days, but generally we're starting to see more sunshine than rain, which is always a good thing.

With the change of season I have started to think about what I'll be wearing for Spring/Summer 2017. I've found myself getting somewhat lazy with my outfits, relying on skinny jeans, checked shirts or black jumpers with ankle boots. Whilst I'll never turn my back on my beloved black skinny jeans, I find myself daydreaming of wearing floaty tops and cute swing dresses. I'm rather excited for the new season and wardrobe. 


SPRING WARDROBE UPDATE



I love anything that's both cute and comfortable - practical things that can be worn while chasing a toddler usually win in my book, but occasionally I like to step out of my comfort zone and mix things up a bit. I'm determined to clear out all the clothes that I do not wear anymore and invest in a few Spring-like pieces such as this floral kimono from New Look.

I also went on one of my favourite website Lovethesales. I love how simple the site is to navigate as it searches sale items from 500 UK retailers including; Evans, Simply Be and Dorothy Perkins.There are lots of different filters to shop by colour, price, brand, size and more, tis is tetypeof site that you do not have to feel guilty about!. If you sign up to the website you get even better deals

How will you be updating your spring wardrobe this year?

Cadbury Creme Egg Ice Cream



Last Easter I shared with you my white chocolate Easter egg nest recipe . This Easter Sunday, we will be finishing off our lunch with some Cabury Creme Egg ice cream. Not only is it delicious and easy to make. You don't need a ice cream maker, 




Ingredients
  • 300ml milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 125 Caster Sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
  •  12 mini Cadbury Creme Eggs chopped
  • 100g grated plain chocolate
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk and vanilla extract into a saucepan
  2. Beat together the egg yolks and sugar until they are pale and creamy. Stir in the milk, return the liquid to the saucepan and stir continuously over a low heat until it thickens and coats the back of your spoon. Make sure the mixture does not boil
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, and leave to cool
  4. Once cool, add the chopped Cadbury Creme Eggs and grated chocolate and stir well
  5. Transfer into a tub and place into the freezer
  6. Every 30 to 45 minutes bring out the mixture and stir until mixture is frozen 
To make this extra special I found some easter bunny paper cups so D could have the experience of her treat when we go to the cinema or theatre at a much cheaper price

Lots of variations of this ice cream, such as smarties, flake or for the grown ups bounty

Enjoy!

 

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers


We're officially in April, which means Easter is going to be here before we know it. This will be my third year making D an Easter Basket. This year however I am toning it down a little. I'm getting bits which she actually needs and will use post the Easter Holiday. I'm also not getting her an Easter egg this year, as last year she got loads!!


Easter Basket Toddler Ideas





Like most kids her age D loves dressing up, my eyes were instantly drawn to this quirky bunny crown and matching wand. I know for sure she will not want to take it off for a long long time

I also came across this book whilst browsing on Amazon. D has a similar Christmas theme one and it will make a brill addition to her ever-growing book collection. 

I've decided to get her a lip balm as she insists on borrowing mine all the time! You can't really go wrong with a birthday cake flavour one can you?

We've got to prepare for those pesky April Showers, her beloved Minnie Mouse umbrella recently broke. This will make a fab replacement.

Although I said I wasn't going to get her an Easter Egg. It doesn't mean she can't have a few sweets. I'm planning on filling these empty plastic eggs with sweets, and some cheap and cheerful bits and bobs from the Pound shop.

As it's now getting a little warmer, we will be spending more time in the garden. These egg shape chalks will keep her entertained for a few hours at least.

The older she becomes, the more excited I get looking for fun things to put in her basket. I know she will be more excited for the edible things, but I am sure she will appreciate the other bits and bobs. 

I'm really looking forward to spending some quality time with D over the Easter holiday.  We go on our annual Easter egg hunt and than sit down to a scrumpious Sunday Lunch with her great grandparents.

Have you got any fun Easter basket ideas? I would love to see them

KidloLand Review & Giveaway

  
For Christmas last year, i got D a Kindle. One of the main reasons was because I wanted her to use it as a educational tool. As much as Darcy would protest, she really can't spend all her time watching Sparkle Spice and the like unwrapping and playing with toys.

There are so many apps on the market at the moment, making it is really hard to ascertain which one ticks all the boxes. Luckily I was contacted by Kidloland to see if we would like to review their nursery ryhmes app. After doing some research, we accepted.

Aimed at babies and children aged 0-5, it has everything you want need in educational app (shapes, colours, numbers, letters, nursery rhymes).  

I'll start with a recommendation - definitely invest in a extra big memory card!
 


Each section of the app has a different theme with videos to go along with it. Kidloland is completely interactive, anything your child touches on the screen will do something whether it moves or makes a noise.

It is easy to navigate, well illustrated and very engaging (I may have spent a little Darcy free time myself playing this app) 

One negative aspect of the app is that the instructions seem to be demonstrated once at the beginning of the task, so if you haven't paid attention you won't know what to do. However this is easily resolved by exiting the task and going back into it again.



We have been on a few road trips lately and the App has kept D very entertained, I also like that once it is downloaded you do not need to remain connected to WIFI like other apps. Another thing which I liked about the app is there are no adverts which means she can play without being interrupted/giving her ideas for her Christmas 2017 list!

The app is available for both IOS , Google Play Store and  Amazon App Store subscriptions range from £3.99 for 1 month, £18.99 for 6 months, £29.99 for 12 months. If you would like to try KidloLand, I am giving away not one but three 3 months subscriptions. To enter, simply complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecoopter below. 

What was your favourite nursery rhyme growing up?

The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure at Chessington World of Adventures!*


Recently D and I accepted an exciting invitation to not only experience the brand new Buffalo River Ride Adventure before it opened it doors to the public, but to also spend the night in the Azteca Hotel.

We travelled to Chessington World of Adventures by public transport.  From central London it is only a short 35minutes train ride away. Once you arrive at Chessington South, it's a 10 - 15 minute walk, you can also get a taxi or do what we did and got the 71 bus which stops right outside the park.






I have to say we were really impressed with the theme of the hotel. As soon as you step foot in the hotel you are transported into a different world.  As you walk into the room you are met by the first of two areas. The childrens area has a bunk bed and a pull out and their own TV which also had interactive games on and a safe for their treasures.



The second area hosts a double bed and a TV, all rooms also have complimentary WI FI, which was rather fast compared to some hotels that I have stayed in.



The bathroom is also a good size and had not one but two shower heads with amazing water pressure, plenty of towels and some toiletries. The room sleeps up to 5 people (2 adults, 3 children) and there is plenty of space for everyone.





Before heading down for the evenings we par took in a treasure hunt in our room, thanks to the activity card which was left for us. Once we cracked the code we opened the safe to find our reward.  

We had a yummy dinner at the Steakhouse BBQ restaurant, which is located in the park itself. The brisket was to die for and there was a great childrens menu. We listenedd to a live band, a magican was mesmerising people with his tricks, lots of arts and craft for the children and The Gruffalo was playing on a big screen. 



After our bellies were full of Gruffalo theme food and drinks, we headed back up to our room for a bedtime story.

Breakfast was a pleasant experience, with a variety of foods including a hot buffet and a smoothie bar which setted us up for the day. We then headed off to the park to experience the ride.





The Gruffalo River Ride Adventures takes you through the book. From the mouse meeting the Fox, Owl and Snake and then of course the Gruffalo. I don't want to spoil the experience for you but expect a sensory experiences with smoke effects, smells and of course water!!.



After the ride there was an extra special treat, we lucky to get our books signed by the authorJulia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler who also took time to draw a little illustration in every child's book.



It was then time for some frozen yoghurt, from the new Gruffalo Bite stall which is located right next to the ride and has Gruffalo themed flavours. D opted for scrambled snake and I had roasted fox.

We spent some time exploring the park, which also has Sea Life Centre and a Zoo with over 1000 animals including tigers, lions and giraffes before heading home. We had a lovely, stress free time at Chessington and will be visiting again very soon.

* we were invited to the launch of the new Gruffalo River Ride Adventures for free however all views are my own.