Sunday, 13 July 2014

Silent Sunday



Stuck On You Review




I know some of you will be thinking I am being a little too organised doing a post on back to school already but our kids have just finished week one of the summer holidays, five to go!

Stuck on you have so many brilliant personalised products for back to school, meaning that your children won't be coming home with someone else's things and other kids won't be taking your kids things home.

Little E was very lucky as she was sent some lovely products for us to review. Like most little girls E is a budding artist so this budding artist kit was perfect for her. The Budding Artist Kit comes with a personalised notepad, personalised colouring pencils and personalised felt tip pens.



E has had so much fun with this set and she draws pictures daily which is great for development and really encourages her. The pens and pencils will be very useful for when she eventually starts school and it will be great for her to have her very own ones with her name on them. The quality of all these products are really good, the paper of the notepad is also of very good quality. At £15.99 for this set I would say is a reasonable price.

At our kids school they are allowed to take a bottle of water into the class and I have noticed that a lot of the children have the same bottles, so since receiving one of these personalised bottles for E I am also going to get one for each of the boys to avoid mix up's whilst in class.


This drinks bottle costs £15.99 and I personally think that it is worth it. It again is of excellent quality and will last for a very long time, and like I said earlier it will save my children being confused in class as to which is their bottle.

For all these products you visit the stuck on you website, find the product you would like to buy, choose the design you would like and then personalise the product, it is very simple.



I received these products in exchange for this review, all wording and opinions are my own.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Degustabox



I love surprises, I mean really love surprises. When something gets delivered to me, as sad as it sounds I genuinely get excited. So when I had a read about Degustabox I knew this is something I had to try.



Here's what was inside this months Degustabox:

 

Estrella Damm Beer and Strawberry Lambrini. The beer I have been informed was very good, I did  not get a chance to drink it but Daddy is partial to a beer or two so I will take his word for it. The Strawberry Lambrini on the other hand I did get to taste and it was actually quite refreshing. It is a drink that would be lovely whilst out in the garden on a beautiful sunny day. 


Alpha Bites Multigrain Cereal Letters. I am not a massive fan of cereal but all three kids love a bowl of cereal in the morning. These Alpha Bites I have been told by the kids are great, they like to try and spell words whilst eating it. I have never saw these in any of our local supermarkets but I will definitely look out for them as the kids really loved it.


Urban Fruit Pineapple, Shaken Udder Chocolate Milk and Dr Oetker Vanilla Grinder. I am not a huge fan of dried fruit, I always think it has a horrible texture, however the pineapple was bearable for me but the kids really enjoyed it. The shaken udder went down very well with the kids, they all had to have a taste and its a drink that I wouldn't mind them having once a week. I was most impressed with the vanilla grinder, I always find buying vanilla pods a little expensive and I never use them enough to justify the cost of them. I have used this grinder in some vanilla cupcakes that I made and it was brilliant!

Here is the recipe for my Vanilla Cupcakes:
Makes:  12
Preparation time:  15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

You will need
175g butter (at room temperature), cut into large pieces
175g self-raising flour
175g caster sugar

1⁄2 tsp baking powder

3 large eggs
Vanilla (to taste)

For the icing:
175g butter (at room temperature), cut into large pieces
Vanilla (to taste)
2-3 tbsp milk

350g icing sugar, sifted

Pink edible colouring

Edible pink hearts or other sprinkles, to decorate

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake or muffin cases.

2. Put all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk or a wooden spoon until smooth and evenly mixed. Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and firm on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

4. Meanwhile, make the icing. Put the butter, vanilla (grinder), two tablespoons of the milk, and half the icing sugar in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining icing sugar, and pour in the rest of the milk if needed to make the icing the right consistency.

5. Put half of the icing into another bowl and colour it pale pink with the edible colouring. Carefully spoon this down one side of a piping bag fitted with a number eight star nozzle, then spoon the non-coloured icing down the other side of the bag. Twist the end of the bag to seal the icing in.

6. Pipe swirls of the icing on top of each cupcake. Scatter with the edible pink hearts or other sprinkles, to decorate.




Veetee Basmati & Wild rice & Elizabeth Shaw Amaretto Flutes. The rice is amazing, I am a huge rice/pasta fan and I could live on it. The rice I had for my tea one night when I fancied something light and this done the job along with a creamy sauce. As for the chocolate flutes, they are really nice and would be a handy little box to have in the cupboard for when those surprise visitors arrive!



Last up is Be Fast - a breakfast drink. I have not yet tried this as I am not a huge banana flavoured fan but I will try it one of these mornings when we have slept in and rushing to get out the door. These are high in fibre, a source of protein and low in fat.

All in all I am very impressed with our Degustabox, I love the fact that we have received products that we normally wouldn't buy, meaning that we are trying new things and its also made me sllightly more adventurous with the things I do buy whilst shopping. 

Like I said to start with I love surprises and I think that Degustabox is brilliant! Every month a box full of surprises sent to your door, what more could you wish for?! I would highly recommend trying out a Degustabox and its only £12.99 per month.

To find out more about Degustabox you can visit their Website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

I was sent a Degustabox in exchange for this review. All wording and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Nalgene Grip n Gulp


There are so many cups for kids on the market these days, therefor they have to really stand out for us parents to even look at them. They need to be different or even look like they might actually be easier for our kids to drink from or hold. I think that the Nalgene Grip n Gulp does stand out and when you actually pick it up you can tell that its very sturdy which is definitely a big thing when you have a toddler that likes to test the durability of everything out!

We have been sent this Nalgene Grip n Gulp cup for little Miss E to try out. 


Little Miss E used to be very fussy when it came to her cup, there was only certain spouts she would drink from and it used to be pretty hard trying to get one she liked, now however shes not so fussy and will drink from anything.

This Nalgene Grip n Gulp cup has a bit of a handle on the lid as you can see and its a really good size for little hands, we find it really useful for E when she is out in the garden playing or even when we go for a walk. She loves to keep a hold of it, I'm pretty sure she thinks I will drink it if I hold it! 

This cup is available in lots of different colours and I would say is aimed at toddlers. This cup costs around £8.99 and it is totally worth it if you are looking for a tough, spill free cup. You can buy these cups from First Ascent who distribute Nalgene in the UK.

Here is a little more information from Nalgene:

Nalgene containers are durable, smartly designed, and made to stand up to some of the world's most extreme conditions. Now the company that brought you rugged containers strong enough for any adventure brings you a bottle designed for a whole new adventure-- toddlers.

The Nalgene Tritan Grip-N-Gulp BPA-Free Water Bottle is tough enough to survive being thrown from a moving minivan, spill proof enough to compel parents to blame the rug stains on the dog, and odor proof enough to allow leftover milk to go undetected under the couch for months. Most importantly, it allows little ones to learn to drink like big kids, thanks to its rubberized lid and comfortable plastic mouthpiece.

Clip this bottle to any backpack, diaper bag, or stroller for on-the-go convenience. Because this bottle is manufactured without BPA, you can rest assured that it's safe for your child.

I received a Nalgene Grip n Gulp in exchange for this review. 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Silent Sunday


#kitchentales With Fairy Platinum

Welcome to my kitchen...



Just over a year ago we decided that we needed a new Kitchen, we live in an old farm house and to be honest what was in here before I don't think we could really call it a Kitchen. I couldn't even bring myself to take a picture of it, at the time I was happy to never be reminded of it ever again. When this Kitchen was (eventually!) installed it was like a dream come true, it was worth the 3 weeks of having no Kitchen at all. We have not got round to doing the floor yet but we will, at the moment I am still happy with it the way it is.




This egg holder is my favourite accessory in my Kitchen. I think its very cute and is brilliant for when the boys go out and collect the eggs from our hens.


In our house the Kitchen is most definitely the heart of the home. Its where we cook and create delicious meals for the whole family to enjoy. To be fair I would say its the one room I like to be in the most. I feel relaxed and I love looking out at the beautiful views surrounding us. I love to cook, I am not great at baking but I do give it my best shot and its edible! At the moment our favourite meal is Roast Chicken, we usually have this on a Sunday. 

This is the view from my Kitchen window, OK the trees are in the way a little but other than that I think its rather pretty!


I like to make a delicious rub to put on the chicken before cooking it, this gives it such a yummy taste and it really makes a great gravy. Here is how I make it:

1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Mustard Powder
1 tsp Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Sunflower Oil


Mix the above ingredients together to form a paste and then rub it all over your chicken, I usually then use a roasting bag to cook my chicken in as I find it much easier to cut the corner off and use the juices for gravy...however me being me I forgot to buy more so therefor the roasting tin and tin foil will do. Cook the chicken for the time stated on the packaging and whilst its cooking you can get the rest of the meal prepared.


This here is the finished article, this is what I love to do in my Kitchen. I feel extremely satisfied when my children see this plate of food and say "yum that looks good" and then go on to clear their plates. 


As part of this #Kitchentales challenge I was given a bag of Fairy Platinum dishwasher tablets, I was to use them and see if I could see a difference in my dishes when the came out of the dishwasher. I have been using them now for a couple of weeks, they are not the ones I would normally use but I was very pleased with how good they are. I thought to really test them out I should put in a dish that has been used for cooking lasange. I was very impressed with how clean the dish came out, I didn't even have to give it a second go over. I will be changing the dishwasher tablets I use from now on!


This post is an entry for the “My Kitchen Story” Linky Challenge, sponsored by Fairy Platinum.