Win an Indigo Chocolate Making Kit

Fancy winning a chocolate making kit? this giveaway is most definitely for you!

Inside each kit is everything you need to get started.  It includes pre-weighed ingredients, recipe & instructions and the ingredients are 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added. The pack includes Goji Berries & Brazil Nuts and Makes 20-25 small chocolates. The chocolates are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan and made from 100% pure botanical ingredients with nothing else added

The kit is super easy to use, so much so that Darcy did most of it herself. We had lots of fun making them and it was not messy at all!

Not only does the kit make a great Christmas present, you could also use the kit yourself and give the chocolate away as a gift.

Indigo Herbs sell a broad range of Natural health ingredients including herbs, superfoods, wholefoods and natural botanical. Raw Cacao contains over 300 nutrients, including antioxidants and minerals and it’s sweetened with Raw Agave Syrup which has a low glycemic index.

Indigo herbs have been lovely enough to give me an Indigo Chocolate Making Kit Gift Set to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. To enter, simply complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecoopter below. Good Luck!

So tell me, what is your favourite chocolate?

Terms & Conditions
  • The closing date is 12am Sunday 9th december
  • The prize is one Indigo Chocolate Making Kit
  • The prize is valid on date specified above only and cannot be exchanged for monetary value
  • This competition is open to residents of the UK only
  • Entrants must log in via Rafflecopter widget
  • All entries will be verified
  • The winner will be chosen at random using the widget
  • The winners will be notified via email within 5 days of the closing date and must respond by Monday 17th December to claim their prize

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Are you ready for Black Friday?

So tomorrow, Friday 23rd November 2018 is the biggest sale event of the year! It's Black Friday!! What is Black Friday? Black Friday is an informal name of the day following Thanksgiving in the US, which is regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Most people prefer to shop online to avoid all the hustle and bustle of crowds, queuing up for hours before the shops open, people pushing and shoving, and people arguing over discounted gadgets and appliances etc.

Black Friday is a great opportunity to get some bargains in time for Christmas and save some money too.So today I thought I would share with you some of my tips

Make a list, you don't want to go straight into all the Black Friday deals without a list of what you want. When you are making your list think of everything. Obviously you want to think about yourself, but Christmas is around the corner so it is the perfect opportunity to buy Christmas presents, upcoming birthdays, tech stuff for the home, Christmas decorations, new clothes with all those Christmas parties coming up etc. Next thing you will want to do is put a budget next to each item, Black Friday is not a sale event if you're spending more money than you wanted to.

Follow all your favourite brands and social media influencers,  this is because they will be working together to promote their Black Friday sales. Make sure you have signed up to their email lists as you will be notified straight away when a hot new deal has gone live. Signing up also means you can join reward clubs, which give you points which you can spend at a later date.

Prep your shopping basket, go through all the websites that you want to shop with and get used to the website. Add the products that you want into your basket, the last thing you are going to want to do when the sale goes live is to look at the website and see that everything you wanted is sold out, because you spent too much time looking at everything you wanted to get. 

Earn cash back, Quidco and Topcashback are best friends!! You can save even more money as you will receive cash back on all your purchases, up to 20%! You are literally get paid to shop!

Sign up to Amazon Prime, not only do you get your first 30 days free, which includes free next day delivery and Prime Video.  Prime members get 30 minutes access to Amazon's lighting deals before they go live to everyone else. Download the Amazon app as you can set it up to give you a notification when a deal you are watching has gone live. 

Make sure your details are up to date! the worse thing is after you have been really quick to add your items in your basket. Is to go to the check out to find out your postal details are incorrect,your bank card details are out of date etc. By the time you have updated them your selected items could be gone!!

So those are some of my Black Friday hacks, are you excited for Black Friday? What are you planning on buying? I am on the look out for a Nintendo Switch for Darcy Christmas present.

Is your car ready for winter?*

When I think of Christmas I think of two things. Spending time visiting friends and family and icy cold weather. I don't know about you but I dread travelling in a car in winter, especially when it snows. We hardly ever grit the roads in London until the last minute, which means the worst travel conditions ever.

Get your car serviced
Before you use your car, you should really take it to get a service. A service will make sure that your car will run for longer. To get fuel efficiency, improved, tyre performance, smoother vehicle handling and manoeuvrability book you 4 wheel alignment in Northampton with Calmac Tyres Auto centre now!

Check your battery
A well charged battery is necessary to start a car in the colder weather. Have your battery charge or change if needed. And also check to see if there are any loose connections

Pack an emergency kit
Prepare for worst case scenario by packing an emergency kit in the boot. The kit should include:

  • A blanket
  • Warm clothes
  • Food and water
  • Shovel
  • Torch
  • De-icer
  • Window scraper
  • High-vis vest
  • Warning triangle.

Change your tyres
Make sure your tyres are in tip-top condition, the legal limit for tyre tread is 1.6mm. You should also check that your tyres are not over or under inflated as this cause issues with your steering which could lead to a collision.

Check that neither the treads are not cracked or damaged. Any damage here can get worse on the roads.

Stock up on the essentials 
Don't wait until you're out of antifreeze or de-icer before you head to the shops — the shelves might be empty when you get there. Stock up in advance so you know you've got what you need, when you need it.


3 Top Tips for Travelling Abroad with a Newborn*

New-born babies aren’t typically thought of as interesting or witty travelling companions.  
Instead of regaling you with a barrage of rib-tickling bon mots and restaurant recommendations, new-borns prefer to sleep, gurgle and cry. A lot.  

However, a dearth of witticisms is the least of a new mum or dad’s worries, especially when negotiating the tricky business of travelling abroad for the first time with a very young baby.  
Most new parents are understandably reluctant to travel long distances with a new-bornfeeding and changing nappies is exhausting at the best of times, never mind at 36,000ftbut it is possible to make your journey abroad enjoyable and (almost) stress-free.   

Here’s how …  

1. Remember to arrange a child passport 
It’s obvious your newborn lacks the cognitive skills required to illegally gain access to a country, but stricter border controls mean that the days when a child could travel on a parent’s passport are, sadly, long gone.  

Due to the law change, you now need to apply for a passport for your baby when travelling abroad. Your child must have British nationality to apply for a British passport, which you can apply for through the gov.uk website.  It’s £9.50 cheaper to apply for a child’s passport online, which is a saving you can use to sort out the next issue …  

2. Pre-book a meet and greet airport parking service  
An airport can feel more like a portal to hell if you’re unprepared, particularly if you’re travelling there in your own car with a young childnot to mention that trying to find a parking space close to the terminal can leave you licking your wounds from painful open wallet surgery.  

What promises to be an Elysium of easy and inexpensive parking is often revealed as an unending dystopia of pricey and confusing multi-storey car parks that would make Hades in a Honda hot under the collar.  

The solution? A meet and greet airport parking service.  By using Looking4.com to find the best deal, you can simply drive to the terminal entrance, meet the driver, take your luggage and head to the check-in. On your return, call the driver and they’ll meet you with your car outside the terminal entrance. Easy!  

3. In-flight safety 
For very young children, sitting alone on an aeroplane is not an option.  
This may be painful news for a worn-out parent keen to escape the piercing cries, so it’s important to map out your plan before you book your flight. For long haul journeys, having a newborn on your lap can be tiresome and unsafe, so it often pays to pre-book an in-flight cot.  

Some airlines even allow you to bring along baby car seat, but it’s important to check with your operator in advance of booking your journey.  

What do you think?  

Do you have your own top tips for travelling with a newborn that you can share with our readers? Please let us know in the comments section. 

Ever Considered Laser Tattoo Removal?*

I am someone that really loved ink and tattoos, but can never really decide what I want. I do have ink which I love, but I had to think long and hard before I got it as I knew it something that I would have for life.

I have to admit, I do love all sorts of ink on other people. I think big, dramatic tattoos can look fantastic on people and would always encourage people to get something they love if that is a route they wanted to go down. Whether I'll have the same opinion when Darcy is 18 is something that remains to be seen!

Removing Tattoos

Although I have never had to think about removing tattoos, I was recently introduced to city tattoo removal at pulse light who offer this service. It got me thinking about what I would do if I decided I wasn't a fan of mine any longer, and I guess laser removal would be a good option!

Laser removal success can depend on the type of tattoo you have and how dark the ink is. You'll more than likely need a couple of sessions in order for it to do the job as successfully as you would like, but it can work. The idea is the laser sessions fade your tattoo enough that you'll be able to get a new tattoo designed as a cover-up to disguise the original tattoo that you no longer liked.

Regretting Ink

So far I have never had anything like a partners name tattooed on me, but it's good to know that should someone do this and then things go sour, there' no need for anyone to be left with the name of an ex partner branded on them - which sounds like good news to me!

Of course, anything like this you should look into and research yourself, however, I have to admit reading up on this it sounds like a pretty positive thing for those that need it.

What do you think?

Christmas Shows For All The Family In London 2018

There are lots of magical London Christmas shows to enjoy this winter. From Christmas pantomimes to hip hop beats and spectacular Christmas theatre productions there is plenty to see this winter in London for all the family.

Beauty and The Beast
Enter the enchanted forest where curses need to be broken, true love must save the day and the Princes aren't always so handsome you have all the ingredients for another fun packed Millfield Pantomime! Brought to you by the team, that brought you Jack & the Beanstalk last year so you know to expect a show packed with special effects, stunning costumes, beautiful scenery and of course, lots of comedy that will have all the family laughing along from beginning to end.

On Thursday 3rd January at 5pm there will be a relaxed performance. This is specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder

Beauty and The Beast is at Mildfield Theatre, Silver Street, N18 1PJ from Thursday, 29th November 2018 to Sunday, 6th January 2019 Buy tickets here or call the box offce 020 8807 6680

Hippity Hop 
Fancy something a little different this Christmas? Experience the poetry, puppetry, music and movement of the first ever interactive hip hop show for young children aged 2 - 5. With graffiti-based designs, hip hop flavoured beats and the twinkling lights of the city

Hippity Hop is at ArtsDepot, 5 Nether Street Tally Ho Corner North Finchley London N12 0GA from Tuesday 11 - 31 Decemeber. Buy tickets here or all the box office 020 8369 5454

Seussical The Musical
This festive season, let yourself be transported to the colourful, magical world of Dr Seuss. Join the mischievous Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and a host of other much-loved characters on a magical, madcap adventure from the Jungle of Nool, to the Circus McGurkus, to the tiniest planet in the sky, Whoville.

On Tuesday 11th December at 5pm there will be a relaxed performance.  

Seussical The Musical is at The Southwark Playhouse from Thursday 22nd November to Saturday 29 December 2018. Buy Tickets here or via the box office on 020 7407 0234.

Aladdin on Ice at Alexandra Palace
Experience a unique adaptation of the famous Aladdin story told by Alexandra Palace Ice Rink Amateur Productions. Using a mix of modern and traditional music, a cast of all ages will perform the magical story in a show sure to get everyone into the festive spirit

Aladdin on Ice is at Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY from Friday 7 - 10 December. Buy Tickets here or via the box office 0844 412 4650

Lose yourself in an enchanting visual journey, combining captivating circus skills, music, storytelling and puppetry.  Pinocchio is a unique family-friendly production drawing on the community spirit of Christmas

Pinocchio is at The Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, SE8 4AG from Sunday 2 - 29 December. Buy tickets here or call the box office 020 8692 4446.

Christmas Tale at The Dugdale Theatre
Based on the well-known Tales from the Shed shows - but with an added sprinkling of magical snowflakes - these colourful and vibrant shows will be showing in the cosy Dugdale Theatre. With plenty of puppets, singing and dancing, Christmas Tales is guaranteed to entertain the very youngest of audiences (and grown-ups too!), leaving everyone happy and joyful at this most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas Tales is at Dugdale Centre, 39 London Rd, Enfield, EN2 6DS on selective dates from Thursday 6 - 30th Decemeber. Buy Tickets here or call the box office on 020 8807 6680