24/07/2017

Lees Of Scotland - Deserts

Who doesn't love a little food treat from time to time? The good people of Lees of Scotland sure do and they've sent us a selection of fab treats to sample.
We have a tub of 18 bite sized Snowballs - these are 50 calories per snowball. Meringue nests, perfect for adding some fruit and cream to! They are 53 calories per nest. Meringue shells, just 19 calories per shell and new almond flavour Maccaringues, which are gluten and nut free and ready to fill. Just 9 calories each! The Maccaringues are available in Tesco and Morrison stores nationwide and for £2.99.
For testing purposes (I hasten to add) I've sampled the above with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. I can safely say, without doubt they are truly scrumptious! Ideal to add to afternoon tea or as a teatime treat, they are easy to prepare and so delicious.
I have a real sweet tooth, hubby less so.....but these are right up my street! What would you eat them with?

Thanks Lees of Scotland! 


 

23/07/2017

My Sunday Photo!

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20/07/2017

DespicableMe3 Arthur Price Cutlery & Breakfast Set - Review

We've gone Despicable Me 3 crazy in this house! Well, to be honest, we've always been fans of the movies here and of the fab minions and now little monkey has a great cutlery and matching breakfast set
The Arthur Price sets comprise of Sea of Minions China Plate, Bowl and Mug and a 4 Piece Cutlery Set - Knife, Fork, Spoon and Teaspoon. The cutlery set is made from Stainless Steel and is the perfect shape and size for children over 3 years of age. Little monkey is 6 and has not stopped using the cutlery since he got it. The knife says on it "I don't Share". The spoon, "One in a Minion". Fork, "Powered by" and the teaspoon, "bummock"! Hand wash only is recommended.
The Breakfast set is dishwasher safe and again little monkey chooses to use it every day! He drinks from the mug, uses the bowl at breakfast and the plate at teatime! 
We're delighted with these sets from Arthur Price, established in 1902. They arrived in great packaging and have withstood daily use from a boisterous child for a few weeks now. I can see little monkey using it all over and over! Each set above costs £24.99. Both would make lovely gifts. Thank you Arthur Price!

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18/07/2017

How Much?!

When having a child (or even trying for a child) you don't really stop to think of the cost of raising one do you? I know I didn't. I 'just wanted a baby'. Of course most people know they don't come cheap but just how much does having a baby cost? 

The lovely people from Busy Bees Child Care www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk/nursery/kettering have devised a great piece on how much the average baby costs families in it's first year! Obviously things need taking into consideration. For example a second baby may cost less than a first child as generally parents have some baby things from the first born. Whether you breast or bottle feed, use reusable nappies or disposable nappies etc will impact on the cost of course too.
Our niece is almost 8 months now. It would be interesting to hear what her parents think of the above information. I know having two boys has saved us a lot of money! Our poor youngest hasn't generally had the new things that his older sibling had new though....
Would you ever really want to tot the total money it's cost, up though! I think I'd rather not know!
What I do know is others have spent far more than us, and some much less. We've managed 9yrs without paying for childcare and have of course used things for our first born with out youngest. I then sold everything when it was no longer needed. Our niece will be an only child. I think her parents are just enjoying having her and spoiling her (when they can).

Are you shocked at the cost/ Do you know how much you spent in the first year?


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12/07/2017

Despicable Me 3 - PoshPaws Plush - Toy review

June 30th saw the latest Despicable Me movie being released. We went along as a family to see the highly anticipated Despicable Me 3 movie and loved it! In the third movie, Gru who is married to Lucy has a long lost brother Dru. The Minions break out of prison and there is lots of fun and mischief to be had.

We went with friends and they too loved the film. Its great if you've not seen it! To mark the occasion we were sent some awesome Despicable Me 3 toys for the monkeys to enjoy.
The toys from Posh Paws International arrived on the day of the movie release, which little monkey in particular was very excited about. He immediately chose to take the backpack with him (which is super cool by the way) and then having watched the film he fell in love with the goat! 
All of the above toys (and bags) are really well made and so cute. Little monkey took his snacks for the cinema into the film and sat with it on his back through almost the entire film.
He even took it to the restaurant afterwards with us, as you can see. Alongside his favourite minion backpack, there's the unicorn backpack which is really roomy with contrasting lining. This I plan on gifting to our friends daughter who saw the film with us.
There's a talking Agnes Plush which has three phrases and a talking Mel Plush too. He also has three phrases. We've created a short video of both to demonstrate what they say!

The soft plush minion in his prison stripes is pretty soft and cuddly.
We're loving all the toys sent to us and would highly recommend them to anyone who is either a minions fan or Despicable Me fan. They can be purchased from Smyths Toys.
Thanks to the lovely ladies at Playtime PR and of course Posh Paws. We have at least one huge fan here! Big monkey would say he is too old at 9 but you're never too old to love the minions. Right! Go and see the film if you've not already done so.....you won't be disappointed.





11/07/2017

Ion Pen - Sheaffer

When I was at school (a long time ago now) I loved nothing better than shopping for new stationery, school bags, shoe shoes and pens! Usually I would use a Biro but sometimes I would have a nice pen or an ink pen. 
Then when I was at college and won 'Student of the Year' I was gifted a boxed Sheaffer pen. I've no idea if I still have it, but I remember being really pleased with it and have always associated the brand with smart pens and boxed pens! 
The new Sheaffer Ion Pen has been launched as their new compact sized pen, which offers portability, bold colours and smooth writing.
The compact pen which launched in May measures just over three and a half inches making it ideal for writing, carrying in your pocket or bag and even on a keyring! 

Sheaffer, the 104 year old brand has undergone a refresh, releasing a selection of innovative and bold new products including this range of bold colourful gel pens with bright packaging (the artwork is from Bristolian artist Ery Burns.

It come in six colours and has a retractable mechanism and refillable gel barrel. There are four gel ink colours available to use with the Ion pen. The gel ink in mine is black. It writes really smoothly.
To use the pen, just remove the black top (with ring attached) and retract the bottom to reveal the nib. It's easy to use, dead small but perfect for clipping onto a lanyard, sticking in your shirt chest pocket or carrying in your bag! How many times do you search in your bag for a pen, only to realise you don't actually have one? With a RRP of £12.99, the pen can be found in all good stationery shops.



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