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Quorn Speedy Creamy Pasta


Today I'm excited to share with you one of my favourite recipes at the moment using Quorn. 
  
Quorn is perfect for everyone whether you are a full time vegetarian or looking to reduce your meat intake like me. It is high protein, and low in saturated fat whilst allowing you to enjoy your favourite dishes without feeling guilty you can read more here.






This creamy pasta is so super quick and easy to prepare, and tastes amazing. You'll forget it's not even meat. And it only takes 20 minutes to make, so a perfect dish for those busy nights.

Ingredients
  • 8oz of Tagliatelle Pasta
  • 8 rashers of Qourn Bacon - sliced
  • 4oz of Cream Cheese
  • 8oz of Frozen Peas
  • 150ml of Milk
  • 2oz of Grated Parmesan Cheese 
  • 1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder
Instructions
  • Cook pasta as directed
  • In a separate pan cook bacon till crispy
  • Add all remaining ingredients and stir on a low hit for 5 minutes or until the peas are cooked
  • Add pasta to sauce and mix lightly
  • Salt and pepper to taste as needed 
To find out more about the health benefits of eating Quorn and be inspired by some more recipes click here.




Review | Little Dish Go Gos


I always try to be conscious about what I give Darcy to snack on, especially hard when Darcy is slowly starting to reel off all the things she has decided she no longer likes to eat.



Little Go Gos are delicious mini wholegrain oat biscuits. Made with chia and flax seeds and protein, they have been designed to release energy slowly. Each packet contains fibre and 3g of protein, which is important for growth and healthy muscles for little ones.



Little Go Gos are available in three flavours; Vanilla, Raspberry and Ginger. I felt that the Vanillia and Raspberry flavour weren't as flavoursome as the Ginger offering. Ginger turned out to be our favourite and it's definitely an healthier option than the Ginger Nut biscuits Darcy enjoys. 

The biscuits were not very sweet, which is definitely as a positive for me, as Darcy does like sweet items. They are rather oaty with a nice crunch, if i were to compare the texture to anything, i would say similar to an wholewheat biscuit.



What I also enjoyed about Little Go Gos was the packaging. Each packet has a sticker on the back which could be put on clothing or used to reseal the packet, which is really handy for me as i am always finding leftover food and crumbs at the bottom of my bag due to Darcy's half eaten food.

Little Go Gos are an delicious snack for both little ones and adults, we will definitely be purchasing them again. You can find Little Dish products in Asda, Sainsburys and Tesco and are suitable for 12 months upwards.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Mumsnet Research Panel, a group of parents who have agreed to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product, or to attend an event. I have full editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

White Chocolate Easter Egg Nests


I don't know about you but Chocolate Cornflake cakes reminds me of my childhood. Milk or white chocolate everyone loves a crispy cornflake cake whatever their age. I had lots of fun in the kitchen making these with Darcy,  I'm sure you will with your little ones too.


Ingredients
  • 50g butter
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g cornflakes
  • 1 packet of Mini Eggs
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a pan on a low heat until melted
  2. Allow to cool
  3. Pour over the cornflakes and gently stir ingredients together
  4. Arrange 12 cupcakes cases into a cupcake tray
  5. Spoon mixture into cases
  6. Add one or two eggs in the center of each cake
  7. Put in the fridge to set
 If you don't like cornflakes you can also use Rice Krispies or Shredded Wheat

Darcy's Easter Basket 2016


Last year was the first time I put together a Easter basket for Darcy which was lots of fun. So I couldn't wait to make one this year for her especially now she is older. If you are still looking for ideas what to put in your little ones Easter basket look no further.



I know Darcy will be getting lots of chocolate treats from relatives and friends, so I wanted to try and limit the amount I put in her basket. Obviously I couldn't put together a basket without an Easter egg, I also got her some jelly beans, a bunny marshmallow lolly and a "decorate your own cookie" all form Home Bargains. Darcy is always pointing out Lindt bunnies so I got her some whilst shopping in Sainburys. They are currently 3 for 99p at the moment.


The Works is always my go to for books and art materials. Darcy is really into colouring at the moment so I got her two Activities book. I'm keeping the theme going from last years Easter basket and have got her a Easter theme book as well.


For the finishing touches I got Darcy some bunny ears and a hopping bunny from Home Bargains, a Dora The Explorer Easter theme DVD which is over a hour and a half long. This will keep her entertained whilst I'm cooking the roast and last but not least a little sheep from The Works.

Other basket ideas:
  • Puzzles
  • Easter theme clothing
  • Fruit snacks
  • Playdoh
  • Socks
  • Tumbler 

So there it is, Darcy's Easter basket 2016. Are you a fan of Easter Baskets? what do you put in yours? .....hope you all have a lovely Easter break

Review | Aura Print Business Cards*


If you're a blogger, you'll be aware the blogger's conference season is fast approaching. Every blogger needs business cards to network with ease. With the redesign of my blog, my next goal was purchase some business cards which reflected my new branding.  Luckily I was contacted by the lovely people at Aura Print to review their Luxury Colour Core Business Cards. What perfect timing!


I was really excited when they arrived and they exceeded my expectations. The quality Impakt business cards are thick. 800 gsm to be precise. You can choose from fifteen different colour cores i opted for green as it complimented the theme of my blog.

They also provide the option to design and laminate your cards. Aura Print don't only produce business cards,  they have a wide range of products that include PVC banners, printed stickers, business stationery and brochures.



Delivery was rather quick and the cards arrived well packaged in a bright pink box, the cards neatly stacked in plastic cases.

Having business cards are very important for making a lasting impression and a pretty, eye catching one is a great conversation point when exchanged. I would definitely recommend Aura Print for original, sturdy, attractive business cards.

You can find Aura on their website, Twitter and on Facebook.

Mother's Day shopping Spree At Lewisham Shopping*


This year marks my second Mother's Day as an single parent. Last year, Facebook and Twitter was flooded with pictures of dads and their children teaming up to make their Mum's day special. As much as I love being a Mum, being a single parent can be hard work.

This year, the team at Lewisham Shopping invited me to check out their shopping centre and gave me £80 to spend on gifts just for me, myself and i. I was excited to check out the shopping centre and well, get shopping

So, what did I manage to get...


BHS I don't have a local BHS, so i took full advantage of my visit to the Lewisham branch. I love a bargain and I managed to pick up this spacious bag for just £17.99,  reduced from £29.99. I resisted temptation to pick up some of the beautiful kids clothing i spotted for Darcy but i was very impressed with their selection.



Evans Being plus sized, Evans is one of favourite stores for fashion staples. After having Darcy and with my current weight loss endeavours, i thought it a great idea to get measured for a bra. Offered free of charge in store, I was measured by Sharon who was lovely and made me feel at ease. She talked me through the fitting, suggested what type of bras would be good for my shape and how to wear a bra correctly. And guess what, it turned out I have been wearing the wrong size. With Sharon's advice, i treated myself to a black multi-way bra for £17.99. 

As well as clothing and lingerie, Evans also offer footwear in sizes 4 - 10 and in wide/extra wide fittings. If you notice from most of my outfit of the day posts, I'm a huge fan of boots. I got these beauties in the sale for just £25. 
 

TK MAXX Oh how i could while away a few hours in TK MAXX. It has been one of my favourite high street stores for many years, if only for the wide range of beauty and homeware products. 

I purchased a O.P.I Fabulous Five set for £14.99, a bargain considering it is currently retailing for £22.46 on their own website. I also picked up a Travalo for £4.99.

There were so many items i could have happily purchased throughout the store, that you vould never struggle to find your Mum a Mother's Day gift or a little treat for yourself.


Next Ok, ok, as you can tell this shirt dress is not for me. I can't go shopping without getting Darcy a little something. It was £14 and can be worn as a dress or a longline top with leggings. I'm a huge fan of the quality of their clothes, they wash up very well.  Next had some great items in store, so I was spoilt for choice.


After all that shopping, I stopped at the Marks and Spencer's cafe for a well deserved coffee and a slice (wedge) of cake. It was a great opportunity to reflect upon my day and rest my weary feet.


This was my first Lewisham Shopping experience and I was pleasantly surprised. I found it easy to get to by public transport and they had a wide selection of top high street stores such as BHS, H&M, M&S, The Body Shop, TK MAXX, Evans and Tiger. 

Many thanks to Lewisham Shopping for my day of shopping, i was pleased with my purchases and enjoyed my few hours with no mummy duties.

You can find out more about Lewisham Shopping on their website and Twitter.

Where is your favourite local shopping centre/high street to shop?

*I was given £80 to spend in store in The Lewisham Centre, however all views are my own.

Easter Extravaganza Giveaway


Before becoming a Mum I was never one to get excited over Easter. Now I get to make Easter treats, go on Easter Egg hunts and enjoy quality time with the family during the Easter Bank Holiday.

If you remember over Christmas I got together with a bunch of bloggers to host a giveaway. Well guest what, we're hosting another one!

So what is it you can win?

Would you believe it one lucky winner will be walking away with a fantastic £200 worth of Amazon vouchers, while one runner up will get £20, to spend on whatever they want - though chocolate seems like a good idea at this time of year. (If the winner is from a country other than the UK the prize will be delivered via PayPal cash).

So who's helped put together this wonderful prize:

Emmy's Mummy | Hubby Helps | Missing Sleep |Mummy's Little Monkey | Cosmic Kick | Julie's Notebook | Serenity You | All The Beautiful Things | Mother Distracted | Testing Time Blog | Wishful Wonderings | A Working Mum's Blog | Lucy's Mad House | Spanish Mummy | Hex Mum



Being Tilly's Mummy | Chilling With Lucas | Alice-Megan | Rambling Through Parenthood | Angel Eden Blog | The Not So Secret Diary of a Wannabe Princess | Petit Moi - Big World | Precious Little Worlds | Dizzy Miss James | Ickle Pickle's Life and Travels | Cookies and Cwtches | Sally Akins | Odd Socks and Lollipops | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers

To enter all you need to do is answer the following question:
What is the best thing about Easter?

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*Please note that all entry options other than the question are optional, however it would be lovely if you could take a few minutes and support some of the bloggers who have helped make this giveaway possible.

Good Luck!